Spiderman and Ironman Cakes ~ a tutorial

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

 Hey peeps!
We just celebrated Cameron and Isaiah's birthday with a Superhero Party on the weekend {just in case you have not read the dozen or so other birthday posts lol}. 
 
I created these Spiderman and Ironman cakes for them.
 
They turned out WAY better than I expected as this was only my second official foray into fondant cake decorating.  I used my limited fondant skillz and the cakes pinned here as my inspiration.

If I can do it, so can YOU!  Here are the visual step-by-step instructions:

 
Bake the cake{s}.  I used boxed mix that the boys picked out.  And not wanting to get all fancy with having to cut and layer a round cake, i used this oval corningware baking dish.  I had to add 10-15 minutes to the baking time but other than that it was perfect!


 
Allow the cake{s} to cool completely and place in the freezer for a minimum of two hours.  This allows the cake to become firm and is easier to cut.

 
Cut the cake{s} in half and layer with your favorite filling.

 
Shape the cake{s} with a sharp serrated knife.  Here is Ironman.

 
Here is Spiderman.
At this point I made a base for each cake using cardboard and tinfoil.  I placed the cakes on these boards for more stability and ease of movement.

 
Now dirty ice the cakes.  I used a combination of store bought frosting {because I like the taste} and icing sugar to thicken it up.  It really is 'dirty' icing because cake crumbs tend to get everywhere.

 
Next knead and roll out the fondant.  I used packaged fondant from Michaels that was already tinted red.  You could totally make your own and colour it.  One package of fondant was enough to cover both cakes {cakes are about 8"x6"x3"}.

 
Smooth over the edges and cut off the excess fondant.  I use my hands for this but you can get a fancy smoothing tool.  This is Spiderman all covered.

 
Here is Ironman all covered.  I saw a tip somewhere to put the cake on top of a rotating spice rack, so I did that and it totally helped while decorating the cakes.

Next cut the cake features out of fondant.  I used packaged yellow and white fondant then coloured the red fondant that I had left over with black gel food colouring.  The great thing about fondant is that it sticks together with just a little water applied to the back of each piece.

 
Layer the cut out features on the cake{s}.  I used red and yellow pearl dust {painted on with a brush and a little bit of vodka} to give Ironman a shiny, metal-like finish.  I used a matte candy writer {from Michaels} to draw the web on Spiderman {much harder to do than it looks}.



A finished Ironman cake.

 



I used the end of a straw and a toothpick to create the screws.

 






A finished Spiderman cake.

 



Seriously, YOU can do this!!!!
 
Have fun.
 
xo Heather
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7 comments:

  1. Awesome!!! They look so good. Yes, fondant scares me.. lol! Luckily for me, my sister decorates cakes.

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  2. Those turned out so great ... you did an awesome job!

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    1. Hi just saw you were featured on the House of Hepworths blog... Congrats! Great cakes!!! My boy would love something like that for his bday! I might have to "steal" your idea, lol! Am your newest follower! Would love for you to visit me sometime!

      Ilda
      http://www.ilovedoingallthingscrafty.com/

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  6. Is the fondant hard to set in place?

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